Roland Octapad SPD-30 - White

Percussion Controller with Eight Velocity-sensitive Pads, 540 Sounds, 90 Patches, Effects, and Trigger Inputs - White
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Make This Controller an Integral Part of Your Ultimate Kit!

Roland's powerful Octapad drum controller makes a great drum/percussion instrument on its own, and its versatility makes it an essential for both electronic and acoustic drummers! Loaded with over 600 instruments arranged in 50 kits (plus effects), the Octapad features eight large touch-sensitive pads, an easy-to-use interface, a hi-hat controller, a Phrase Loop function, and USB connectivity. Trigger inputs allow you to use it with acoustic drums, or you can stand mount the Octapad and use it to augment your kit in the studio or onstage.

Roland Octapad SPD-30 Drum Controller Features:

  • Eight large, touch-sensitive pads
  • Uses the latest V-Drums triggering technology
  • Easy-to-use controls, large display, and USB connectivity
  • Over 600 drum and percussion sounds arranged in 50 kits
  • Phrase Loop function, multi-effects
  • Four dual-trigger inputs, hi-hat controller
  • Finish: white

Tech Specs

Pads 8
Manufacturer Part Number SPD-30

Customer Reviews

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Octapad SPD-30

Don really likes it. Versital, Easy. Size is great for small spaces and gigs. Easy to transport.
Music background: Professional Musician

A great alternative to humping around acoustic congas

My percussionist has a lovely Latin Percussion conga set with a matching LP bongo pair mounted on the same stand, along with cowbells, and who knows what all -- she's a percussionist, right, and any thing you can hit with your hands or a stick is fair game -- but there are times when we don't have the room for all her acoustic instruments at a gig. The answer is the Roland Octapad: many drum kits (she mostly uses the Cuban, which includes timbales, something missing from her kit). I have a fair amount of experience with drum machines, starting with a mid-80s Yamaha R-something that had 8-bit samples (!) through a more modern Alesis SR-16 and I have done a fair amount of recording drum kits, so I know what the real thing is like. I plug it into a Genz-Benz Shuttle 3.0-10T combo amp, which has proven to be a good choice: some of the samples in the Octapad go 'way down in the frequency spectrum. The thing that blew me away was the fact that the pads are touch-sensitive. Varying your hand or stick attack changes the sound, just like the real thing, and sometimes in organic, surprising ways. The only issue is that she's not used to hearing the sound coming out of the speaker instead of off the heads, but all of bass/guitar players know about that. The kit selections are varied, and there are probably a lot of the kits that will never be selected, but too many is better than not enough, right?
Music background: guitar, Dobro, pedal steel, harmonica, bass and recording engineering


I gave this to my son for Christmas. He is in love with it. We also bought the Roland kick drum trigger - also fantastic. He's using it stand-alone and integrated into a hybrid drum kit. Fantastic. And the Sweetwater service? Bar none the best in the biz.
Music background: Former professional guitarist

Roland Octapads

a set of these added to your drums bring a whole new demention to your sounds... its amazing what these sound like...
Music background: hobbyist, and a little bit of everything else...

Excellent Drums

Octapad SPD-30 is an incredible instrument. In the past I used to program drums with mouse and small MPC pad, but is no fun and results were robotic and without feeling. WIth the Octapad and drum bass and hi-hat pedal I use it just like a drum-kit but without using so much space, have a lot of fun playing drums (no more finger drumming) and produces very real, organic, energetic drum sessions. As a plus, the Octapad provides MIDI clock all the time, which I am using to sync the LFO of my Moog Little Phatty synth. Really cool!

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Andy Miller

Octa-baaaaad! Buzz-roll sensitive and impossible to cross trigger, the SPD-30 will soon be a favorite for live drummers and small studios alike. The triple-layer phrase looping is stupid fun, and there are 600 sounds to scare the neighboors with. Best? A bass trigger pedal & hi-hat control turns the SPD-30 into briefcase-sized practice set.
See also: Electronic Percussion, Roland, Roland Percussion Controllers